I really enjoyed meeting you and climbing with you. Thanks for everything you did for me and the group in getting 10/11 to the top. It was an incredible experience. Take care and let's keep in touch. You will always be welcomed at our home . -Joe
Here is what Damon has to say:
Dear SummitClimb, Thanks for your concern. I was up there at Nido waiting for the wind to calm down for 2 days before the Summit attempt. I have to say that your organization is really..really well organized. As it seems like everyone was connected to know each member's status. Such small details make the trip worth while. By the way... Don't ride mules for 4.5 hours. You can't imagine what that will do to your body. I'm still in bed now...recovering. Happy New Year Damon
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Below is a detailed list of equipment you need to bring for Aconcagua and at the bottom is a description of team equipment that we bring for you.
All of this equipment is needed for both the Normal Traverse and Polish Direct, except for the second to last category below, "Equipment needed for Polish Direct (not Normal Traverse)".
Weather: Like most big mountains, Aconcagua generates and attracts its own weather, making it unpredictable at times. A wide range of temperatures, from freezing nights, snowy and windy conditions, and bright sunshine intensified by the high altitude, may occur on the expedition. It can get very cold in the high camps on Aconcagua, with average temperatures 0º C/32º F during the day and -25º C/-13º F at night. Climbers on our December to January trips, may find snowfields high on the mountain, while on our February trips, members will encounter less snow and more dry, rocky terrain.
The best time to climb Aconcagua is from December to early March, during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, where days of clear sunny skies are quite normal. The mountain does receive occasional storms during the climbing season due to the muggy, humid winds blowing west off the Pacific Ocean. When this air rises over the slopes of the Andes, it's speed increases and it condenses to form lenticular clouds on the summit, known as white wind (viento blanco). Southern winds are usually an auspicious sign of good weather.
In Mendoza and the lower areas along the trek, the Southern hemisphere summer temperatures fluctuate between 18-33º C/65-90º F, with warm days and cool nights.
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Please "click here" to view our list of recommendations on where to purchase kit from our Aconcagua Frequently Asked Questions.
Renting or buying mountain equipment in Mendoza is very easy. There are several shops in town and if your sizes aren't too different than normal you shouldn't have a problem. These CANNOT be paid by credit card due to argentine foreign card restrictions. Please add up the equipment you want to rent based on the list below and bring enough US DOLLARS for this. Prices vary a lot but this is roughly what we had last season (the price is for the 18-20 day itinerary):
Trekking poles U$25
Plastic Boots* U$95
Sleeping mattress U$20
70 litre rucksack U$45
Sleeping bag U$105
Long ice axe U$40
Down jacket U$80
Goretex jacket U$55
Trekking boots U$45
Duffel bag U$30
Fleece jacket U$25
Fleece gloves U$15
Fleece pants U$25
Goretex pants U$45
* Please note that if your boot size is larger or smaller than normal we might need extra time to find your boots. Please let us know in advance
1 very warm heavy down/duvet jacket or synthetic fill jacket with insulated hood;
1 warm fleece jacket;
3 long sleeve polypropylene shirt. Lightweight, light colored better for sun;
1 polypropylene t-shirt;
Womens sports bras. Synthetic. Cotton is not appropriate. back to top
1 pair very warm mittens, consists of 1 water proof (gore-tex) over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner,
2 pairs of hand-warmers. These are chemical pouches which warm up in contact with oxygen
small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
1 skin blister repair kit;
1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
1 small bottle anti-headache pills, Ibuprofin, Pracetamol, Asprin etc.;
1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
Enough throat lozenges; sterpsils, Halls etc;
1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
1 small bottle Chest antibiotic: Azytromycin, etc.;
Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
1 small bottle of water purification tablets or Steripen;
1 set earplugs; Small personal first aid kit, Medicine, bandaids, etc.;
Extra prescription glasses, extra contact lens supplies (contact lens wearers: there is a lot of dust, you definitely need to bring prescription glasses as a backup);
1 bottle water purification tablets, drops, or filter;
Meals along the trek are provided by the leaders and once we reach basecamp, fresh, tasty food and hot drinks are prepared by our logistics staff in a full kitchen and dining tent. The leaders cook and fill water bottles above basecamp.
Favorite snack foods. 1 kg / 2 pounds is a good amount (you may buy these in Mendoza);
4 dehydrated meals (freeze-dried dinners) for the high camp.back to top
3 lightweight thermos bottles and water bottles. Nalgene type (1 is a pee bottle);
Plastic mug. Nice for hot drinks;
Bowl and spoon. Plastic, small tupperware works well;
3 large plastic bags/rubbish sacks. For keeping miscellaneous gear dry;
Nylon stuff sacks. For food and gear storage and large ziplocs;
Extra Cotton Shirts, lighters, candy bars or power bars;
Basecamp entertainment. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, small sturdy musical instruments, etc.;
Camera (you will need to sleep with your camera at night and keep it in your jacket during the day);
Cash for hotels, visas, small items and gratuities. Credit cards, traveler's cheques, bank/atm cards. Use an "under the trousers" money belt, not one of those round‑the‑neck jobs or bum‑bags that are really more of a sign showing where the money is;
Passport, proof of insurance card, flight ticket. Keep all in plastic bag;
Town clothes are recommended in addition to this list above;
Please be sure and bring your patience and try to keep an open, relaxed, positive and friendly attitude as travelling in this part of the world may be very different than what you are used to, but things always seem to fall into place at the last moment. Thank you.back to top
Group Equipment-We provide a plethora of top-quality, and time-tested equipment, group gear, and supplies, including rope and rock protection, tents, etcetera. Please see the group EQUIPMENT link, in the menu bars above to study what we bring for your use and safety. back to top